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Not data. We need a narrative, a story for our time

History has messages for those prepared to listen. On a program broadcast on The Drum (ABC-TV, Thursday 27 March 2020) one of the guests attempted to introduce some history and some big picture thining into the discussion.  One of the … Continue reading

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Lockdown – The birds are singing

Here we are wondering what nature will confront us with next. Are we prepared? In these times of uncertainty it’s nice to know that there are still some things we can fall back on when confusion seems to be all … Continue reading

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When unprepared for dying in ones sleep, the death admin jobs become that much more onerous

What to do when there’s a sudden death in the family.  More to the point what to do when someone dies in their sleep in your own home when you’re least expecting it. This is what happened to Emma Grey … Continue reading

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The funeral as a community undertaking

“The idea of funeral insurance is ridiculous, because we are all going to die,” says Jenny Briscoe-Hough, founder of Tender Funerals based at Port Kembla on the NSW south coast.  In: Tender touch stops ‘funeral poverty’ from raising spectre of … Continue reading

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Lifting the shroud can lead to using a shroud

There are now hundreds of women who are charting a new course in how we do death. This is the story of four of those women who  are at the forefront of the positive death movement and their reasoning about … Continue reading

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A sense of purpose and meaning in the world of the dead

It’s an age old question: what drives or motivates us to change direction? To move away from a previous, perhaps ho hum existence or perhaps harmful behaviour with real consequences, to adopt a new, hopefully, more meaningful way of living? … Continue reading

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Beware: fearmongering, scare tactics

We have said it before and will say it again, when it comes to funerals it’s a case of buyer beware.  Just when you would think that the most caring and understanding people  are only a phone call away, it … Continue reading

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